Horse Racing Tips on Wednesday, January 26
There are two jumps and two all-weather meetings in Britain on Wednesday, coming from Lingfield, Catterick, Wincanton and Kempton. Our expert has produced his best bets from across these cards to come up with a 5,181/1 Lucky 15.
Stormingin (1:00pm Lingfield)
While better known for his runners over jumps, Gary Moore has had a flying start to 2022 with his horses on the flat.
Four of his 13 runners so far have won, giving him a strike rate of 31%, with 11 of them finishing in the first four. STORMINGIN was one of those when second at Lingfield just under three weeks ago.
That effort, off an unchanged mark, was significantly better for the nine-year-old having gone back up in trip and but for proving very difficult to steer for 7lb claimer Anna Gibson, would probably have gotten much closer to the winner. He hung wildly to his left, but a handier track position coupled with some stronger handling could well do the trick
5lb claimer Rob Hargreaves will be taking the mount this time and it is hard to see the grey being too far out the picture.
Manwell (1:40pm Catterick)
He may be a 12-year-old now, but MANWELL is operating to as high a level as he ever has done before and this veteran’s handicap chase looks within his reach.
It was a big run that saw him finish third in the Grand Sefton over the Grand National fences back in November and he is now 3lb lower having found the ground and trip against him at Sedgefield in December.
However, he is a horse who probably wants the best part of three miles at this point in his career and Sam England’s charge usually runs his better races on a sounder surface.
6lb claimer Tom Midgeley has ridden 28/1 and 9/2 winners in recent weeks and another one at a decent price can be landed on Wednesday.
Getaway Jewel (3:40pm Catterick)
Given that this is far from the strongest race, the generally consistent GETAWAY JEWEL is surely too big a price for Micky Hammond here.
Good ground was key to his sole success over hurdles, where he scored by 18 lengths at Sedgefield last April. Though three runs over that course and distance yielded no wins subsequently, he was a very close second back in November, once again on good.
His chase debut did not go to plan at Catterick, but he raced wide on unsuitably soft ground and should have learned plenty. He has been dropped 3lb to a mark of 92, which he can definitely win off in this field if on a going day. A kinder passage and a few more accurate leaps may be all that is needed for him to be very competitive.
Magistrato (3:50pm Wincanton)
The only horse who is not a juvenile or novice hurdler is the rank outsider in this field, so the market is assuming its position on potential.
Both Aucunrisque and Knickerbockerglory are novices who could go far, but Paul Nicholls’ MAGISTRATO is simply to intriguing an entry and price to ignore.
Although his fourth and fifth in Grade 2 and Grade 1 company was slightly below what may have been expected, he was still very competitive in both. How juveniles translate their form against their elders is always difficult, but at this stage of the year, four-year-olds get a 13lb allowance from older horses.
That effectively means Magistrato runs here off a mark of 110 and he is surely better than that. The mere fact Nicholls has entered him here is a sign of intent that his mark can be taken advantage of in January and Wincanton specialist Harry Cobden can win another for his boss here.